Taipei telecom show to feature 4G technology

Taipei, Feb. 19 (CNA) Taipei's annual telecom show returns Thursday, featuring fourth-generation (4G) superfast mobile broadband technology and demonstrating how it can be integrated into everyday living, the organizers said Tuesday. The show, to open Feb. 21, will also be bigger than last year's, hosting 80 exhibitors at 320 booths, which is about 14 percent bigger compared with 2012, said Enoch Du, secretary-general of the Taipei Computer Association. Du said Taiwan's government will issue licenses for high-speed 4G Long-Term Evolution connectivity by the end of 2013, and commercial operations are expected to commence soon after that. "Here comes the era of 4G," Du said at a press briefing, adding that the public will soon enjoy a new experience of living with superfast broadband services. With the introduction of 4G broadband technology, a smart and interactive living space will not be a dream anymore, the organizers said on the show's official website. A forum on future developments for 4G applications in Taiwan will be held in tandem with the Taipei Telecom Applications Show, according to Du. The four-day fair will serve as an exchange platform for local telecom carriers, application providers and major mobile device brands, the organizers said. The show will also offer members of the public a chance to participate in a creative way, the organizers said. The activities will include a music competition in which participants will be required to use tablet computers or other mobile devices, instead of actual instruments, to play and compose music. Prizes will be awarded to the winners during the fair, which is expected to draw about 150,000 people this year, the organizers said. The show will be held at Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall. (By James Lee)